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NEWS 



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"The Paper" connectin g al l Whit i ng <fr Davis interests. 




Volume 4 



Plainville, Mass., March 15, 1923 



Number 6 



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The Walter Livingston Rice Memorial Recreation Building 



Fitting Exercises Mark Dedication 



OF 



Walter Livingston Rice Memorial 

New Recreation Building Given Plainville Employees as 

Headquarters of Whiting Club is Formally 

Opened. 



A few years ago the idea of a Recrea- 
tion Building for Whiting & Davis em- 
ployees was but a dream in the mind of 
Mr. Whiting. Gradually that dream 
took form and, in July, 1922, the ground 
was broken for this new building. 

It was Walter L. Rice who worked 
with Mr. Whiting in the realization of 
this favorite project. The work pro- 
gressed rapidly and the building soon 
took form. Then the Whiting & Davis 
employees lost one of their best friends, 
for Walter L. Rice died on December 
1st. 

But the work he had started so well, 
the work which was so near and dear to 
him, was not allowed to stop, but con- 
tinued just as he would have wished. 
Mrs. Rice and Mr. Whiting took up the 
plans where he had left them and car- 
ried them through to completion. The 
building, finished in every respect and 
detail, was presented to the Whiting & 
Davis employees on Thursday, February 



28th, and it was in every way proper 
and fitting that it should have been 
called the Walter Livingston Rice Memo- 
rial, in memory of him. 
Informal Inspection in Afternoon. 

The afternoon was given over to an 
informal inspection of the new building 
and was largely attended by both the 
families of the employees and the peo- 
ple of Plainville. 

Everyone was quick to grasp the op- 
portunity to look the premises over from 
top to bottom and get really acquainted 
with the pleasures their new club would 
afford them. Scott's Orchestra of Paw- 
tucket furnished excellent music and 
refreshments were served. There was no 
question but what everyone had a good 
time, -particularly the youngsters who 
gathered from far and near and made it 
a regular holiday by consuming un- 
limited quantities of ice cream, cake, 
fruit punch, and other viands that are 
truly dear to the hearts of all children. 
Cont'd on page 2 Col. 2 



Whiting & Davis Co, 

In the production of mesh bags, Whit- 
ing & Davis Company occupies a unique 
position. It manufactures many designs 
of mesh bags, each representing in its 
respective price class the highest stand- 
ard of value. These bags cover practi- 
cally the entire range of Milady's re- 
quirements as to utility, artistry and 
durability. 

The Whiting & Davis Company is 
given over entirely to the manufacture 
of one product, in which it specializes in 
its twenty-one departments. This as- 
sures the customer a product which is 
uniform, and one conceived and exe- 
cuted by workers trained in the art. 

Another important field of operations 
than which none is more important, is 
the Service Department, which is widely 
recognized in keeping up not only the 
dealers' stock which needs cleaning at 
times, but for the far more important 
service rendered the owner of a Whiting 
& Davis mesh bag, who, having acquired 
this article of value, expects it to give 
satisfaction at all times. 

It makes not the slightest difference 
how old the mesh bag may be, if sent in 
to be conditioned, it receives the proper 
care and treatment so essential in main- 
taining the quality, and assuring the sat- 
isfaction of our customer. Only in this 
way can a successful business go for- 
ward — i. e. (by standing behind the 
product). (Turnover) 



WADCO NEWS 



Wadco News 

Published Semi-Monthly 
by Employees of Whiting & Davis Co. 

Plainville, Mass. 
Editor . . H. B. Rowan 

Associate Editors. 
Lawrence Cook Canadian Factory 

Harriet Wales Woonsocket Branch 



Dedication Exercises 



Rhea Larock 
Rita Abrams 
Elsie Hemingson 
Dick Barton 
Frank Gaddes 
Erwin Sylvia 
Frank Brown 



Sol'd Mesh Dept. 

Unsol'd Mesh Dept. 

Spiral Dept. 

Mesh Dept. 

Stamp Dept. 

Tool Dept. 

Bench Dept. 



COMMERCIAL PRESS- PRINTERS 



Conf d from Page 1 Col. 3 
Whiting & Davis Co. mesh bags are 
now nationally advertised. This has 
been brought about through the efforts 
of one man in particular, the present 
head of the business, who has labored 
many, many years with foresight, deter- 
mination, and a conscience in fair deal- 
ing, with the thought always in mind of 
making a product which would meet the 
demands of the most critical. 

For the purpose of continually im- 
proving its product and of creating more 
efficient values, Whiting & Davis Com- 
pany maintains an experiment and sam- 
ple-making department which is em- 
ployed throughout the year in working 
up new ideas. 

Three sales offices are maintained, one 
in New York City at 34th Street and 
Fifth Avenue, in Chicago at 31 N. State 
Street, and in Plainville, Mass., at the 
factory. 



Pickups about Business. 

Habits formed between the ages of 
eighteen and thirty last through a life 
time and the merchant who selects the 
younger man for his customer is build- 
ing on a firm foundation. 



Girls as a whole are more up-to-date 
than their mothers, and usually dom- 
inate a sale. 



Don't forget that mother buys eightv- 
five-cent stockings while daughter is 
wondering if the two dollars ones are 
good enough for her own trim limbs. 
How many have stopped to realize the 
influence of the movies on dress? What 
is it that most women attend the movies 
for? Not the story — don't let them fool 
you — but dress — what Gloria Swanson 
is wearing, Nazimova and Mae Murray. 



Advertisements addressed to youth are 
most successful when they stress the ap- 
peal the second person singular. Straight 
talk of "me and thee" is the method 
that invariably brings returns. 



The Formal Dedication. 

That evening the lights of the new 
building were flashed on for the first 
time and the employees and guests 
gathered for the formal dedication and 
presentation. Though the lights were 
bright, the decorations beautiful and the 
new building made a most impressing 
appearance, the ceremonies were not 
cold and impersonal but rather they 
were home-like and pleasant — radiating 
the spirit that the building was intended 
to convey, that of comradery and good 
fellowship. 

Mr. Whiting's address of presentation 
was not long but it was sincere, and the 
entire audience realized that he was 
speaking from his heart. He expressed 
his deep appreciation of the loyal spirit 
of co-operation that had made this build- 
ing possible, summing it up in his own 
words. 

"The success of any concern is not 
achieved by one man alone, but rather 
by the co-operation of everyone. To my 
employees I owe whatever degree of suc- 
cess I have attained, and it is with real 
pleasure that I have this opportunity of 
presenting this recreation hall to you all 
for your particular use and enjoyment." 

Then he went on to give four fine ex- 
amples of this loyalty, singling out from 
the audience four men who had been in 
the company's employ ever since he took 
charge in 1880. These men were Oscar 
Walden, who started work in 1876, John 
Loeffler and Willis Fuller, who followed 
in 1877, and Christian Hartman, who 
began his duties in 1878. All four were 
in the audience. 

The Speech of Acceptance. 

Mr. Whiting presented the keys of the 
building to Frank A. Brown, president 
of the Whiting Club, who has been with 
the company over 30 years, and who 
made a formal speech of thanks in be- 
half of the Club, saying, in part: 

"Ever since the ground was broken 
away back last August, we have been so 
interested in this construction that some 
of us can almost tell you the number of 
nails that are in this make-up and we 
never expected that we were to have such 
a beautiful home. We thought that it 
would be a good sort of a building but 
when we came in here tonight and 
viewed the splendor of the place it 
was almost a revelation to us. 

"Fellow employees, I want you to 
come back with me and see what Mr. 
Whiting has done for his employees. 

"Away back in 1910 the Relief Asso- 
ciation was formed for the benefit of us 
and at that time Mr. Whiting endowed 



the Association with a very large check 
and has continued right along up to the 
present. A small business was con- 
ducted at that time and we were just 
getting into the manufacturing of purses 
on a large scale. 

"Then came the new factory, a model 
and up-to-date factory in every respect. 
In this factory he constructed for us a 
fully equipped hospital with a very com- 
petent nurse in charge all of the time to 
take care of any little matter that might 
come up. This was for us. 

"Also, he was the first to inaugurate 
what we call recess. You know, we have 
a five-minute recess in the morning and 
afternoon. This is one of the greatest 
things ever realized in the manufactur- 
ing industry. It freshens the air and also 
gives the employees a chance to stretch 
and walk around to see their friends. 
This was for us, too. 

"He also constructed a tennis court 
and he has kept up the grounds at his 
own expense, which are now being put 
in condition to use in the coming spring. 

"Now, Mr. Whiting, as President of 
the Whiting Club, we will endeavor to 
keep the doors open to those who will 
conduct themselves in a manner con- 
forming to the rules of the Club, and we 
will lock them against anything that will 
be detrimental to the welfare of the 
organization." 

The Closing Address. 

The final speaker was Arthur W. 
Pierce, principal of Dean Academy, who 
spoke to the point regarding the new 
building, the spirit of co-operation which 
existed in the organization and the ben- 
efit bound to result from the recreation 
this building would make possible. But 
it was in the last of his spee h that Mr. 
Pierce completely won the hearts of his 
audience by his sincere tribute to one 
they all loved and whose memory tliev 
all honored — 

"For the third and perhaps the para- 
mount reason for my special interest in 
this building is my regard and admira- 
tion for the young man whose name it 
bears. You could have given it no name 
that would better honor the gift. Main 
vears ago. in the fall of 1907. Walter 
Livingston Rice came from his Adiron- 
dack home to Dean Academy, almost, if 
not quite, his first journey away from 
the woods and mountains that he loved 
so well and which had been the home of 
his ancestors for many generations since 
one of them, a soldier in the Revolution, 
received a grant of land in thai part of 
the country in lieu of his soldier's pay. 
Students and teachers were quick to 



WADCO NEWS 



Fill New Building to Overflowing 

realize and appreciate the type of boy should not have lived to see its com- employees, make complete the charm 
lie was, and in his two years at the school pletion and to have helped to inau- of this unusual room, 
he had the confidence and esteem of gurate the activities in which he was so Control of Building. 
everyone with whom he was associated, much interested, but since this cannot The newly organized Whiting Club 
He showed his capacity for making and be, it is a splendid thing that it should will have complete control of the build- 
keeping friends that continued all his bear his name. ing and will operate it for the benefit of 
life. It happened to be my good fortune "And so we dedicate this building the employees as a whole. The expense 
to recommend him for his first employ- to pleasant and healthful recreation, to of operating it will bring about an an- 
ment in the jewelry business with R. good fellowship and industrial good- nual deficit which will be absorbed by 
Blackinton & Co. and ever since his first will and co-operation, and we dedicate the company, but the actual administra- 
work in that line, he gave himself un- it to perpetuate the memory of a man tion will be in the hands of the Whiting 
stintedly to mastering the intricacies of who if living would be the foremost in Club, whose officers are: Frank A. 
what seems to be a very difficult business, promoting the purposes for which it Brown, president; Edward C. Manches- 
What he was was a business man, and stands and whose name will honor it as ter, vice president; Sturgis C. Rice, 
as a man among men, I need not tell he in life honored the name he bore, secretary; Robert Austin, treasurer. The 
you, because you knew him. Since his of whom it can be truly said: board of governors consists of William 
untimely death, I have met many men "He bore without abuse C. Brennan, Edwin Pink, Eugene L. 
and women who knew him and I can The grand old name of gentleman, Manchester, Henri Desautelles, Mrs. 
only wish that, living, he could have Defamed by every charlatan and Louise McKeon and Miss Clara Guild, 
known the esteem in which he was held. soiled An Event in Whiting & Davis 
Many a man has told me that it was By all ignoble use." History. 
always a pleasure to have business deal- ^ Social Hour ^° one w ^' deny that the opening of 
ings with him, and the esteem in which ^fter the ceremon i es were over the Walter Livingston Rice Memorial was a 
he was held is manifested by the tributes Recreation Building began to serve its £s evei }} in the hist ° r y ° f the Whiting & 
of respect and praise that are heard on real purpot - e These were orc h es tral Uavis Com P an y- For Mr - Whiting it 
every hand. He was the type of man selections and al dancin „ refresh . marked the realization of another of his 
who gives you confidence in human mentg were gervedi a sodal hour wag dreams. For the employees it meant the 
nature; makes you see how good a man enjoyed, and the whole event wag a acquiring of a recreation hall which is 
can be, and how much a good man pleasant foreshadowing of eve- second to c " one and willch wil1 be a 
counts in the world. nings of recre ation which will be S ° urc l of P lea f ur e for Y ear s to come. 
"Walter Rice did not live long, but passed there in the future. ' . ! l ot a[l \ tms °P enin g typified 
countless men are better for their con- T , R .... ' ., the spirit of a friendliness, co-operation 
tact with him. He somehow made vou „,. * he Building Itself . and loyalty which accounts, in so great 
feel that you were meeting a real man, V 115 new buildl "g represents all that a measure, for the success and prosperity 
yet he was never boastful or aggressive J 8 best m . rec [ eatl °n halls and club of the organization. " 
or self-assertive. His was the quiet ™ USes - ^ is planned to include every- Recr eation Buildin* Floor Soace 
gentleness that wins through real power thin S to make f fo / the ha PP-^ a " d Kecreatlon ""*■«* **£ Space 

and not through show power. 7 h ™lub " Resta — ' 34 6x520.: A&3 

"His life was gentle, and the T u p unj. ' • o A r t , o* ( . . Kitchen 27 6 x 29 797 

elements • j? 1S 84 feet *\ 36 f * et m Snpplv Room 14 9 x 9 9 143 

slze and conta]nS5 amon g otn er things, RjUia,.^ anf i c Ior 

So mixed in him that Nature a smoking room, sun porch, committee arrp Rnnm u , Y or n , 907 

mirrVif ctonj „n 1 1 .1 i dgC IXOOUl .)f O X .").) \) l.ZU/ 

might stand up room shower baths, coat rooms and Lad ^., Showers lg Q x ig Q 285 

And say to all the world, This ladies rest room. Men's Showers IS x 19 285 

was a man. On the first floor is a pool and bil- Dance Hall 35 x 83 2,905 

"He had more friends than almost hard room wit h four tables, also the Ladies' Parlor 15 6 x 15 232 

anyone I have ever known and if he <h niri S hall, which deserves a detailed Committee Room 1 5 6 x 15 232 

had an enemv or if anyone thought description as it is most elaborately Piazza 10 x 50 500 

aught against him, I have yet to see the ecruipped and is backed by a kitchen Smoking Porch 7 6 x 36 270 

man or hear the criticism. In his quiet, which is a model of modern restaurant 

unobtrusive way, he accomplished perfection. In this dining hall the em- Total Floor Space 8,713 

things worth while and made the kind pl°vees will be served delightful meals 

of friends that stick. You who knew eac h noon at a very nominal charge. _,, „ „ .... , 

u • • i • i f , ■, , t,, i n Ihe new Kecreation Building has 

him in his work from day to day as he the second Moor is given over to a k,- u* t a l e a c 

. . i J .,J i ... tit i ,, brought out a nock ot dancers, some ot 

went in and out among you, will appre- Iars;e reception and assembly hall, u Z • *u c » f f *u * 

. i i *v u- v ■ n y t^ whom are in the hrst stages oi the art 

ciate more than anyone else the fact which is unusually attractive. Drap- i u • ♦ *u * •. * 

.i . .v. , .,,. * j . , • r i i i i i t i . , anc l who appreciate the opportunity to 

that this building stands as a memorial eries ot oran<re and black blend with , 

to his name. No one would have taken the grav finish of the walls and the ° ' 

more pleasure in this building than he. polished hardwood floor, which is cov- » 

I can ima-ine how much painstaking ered with beautiful rues. Comfortable Over-seno-sness depresses the mental 

care he would have given to working reclining chairs, reading and card State and tencls to lower efficienc V- 

out the details of its management and tables, frames of all kinds and a gen- 

his earnest endeavor to make the build- erous" librarv together with an electric Men succeed in proportion to the 

ing as useful as it might be to this victrola, a gift from Mrs. Whiting, and fixity of their vision and the invincibility 

community. It seems hard that he a piano, which was presented by the of their purpose. 



WA D C O NEWS 







Resi pence of Willis Fuller of Receiving Pept. 

Plainville 

The Age Factor in Selling 



The Photoplay Magazine recently con- 
ducted a scientific inquiry into the "Age 
Factor in Selling." They set out to dis- 
cover just what is happening, not in 
the advertising offices and sales rooms, 
but in the world outside. They believe 
they have discovered a development of 
intense significance to every maker and 
distributor of advertised articles — The 
Age Factor in Selling. Picture a young 
lady in a salesroom at the wheel of a 
high-powered automobile, a salesman 
beside her. Mother smiles and agrees, 
and father signs the check, but it is 
youth, the exuberant, who buys the car. 
Russell A. Brown, advertising manager 
of Lord & Taylor, whose Fifth Avenue 
store is as near the last word in modern 
merchandise as this generation knows, 
says: "The influence of younger women 
on the sales of dress goods and wearing 
apparel, and their eager interest in style 
generally is so great that it is seldom 
that we prepare advertising which has 
to do with wearing apparel that we do 
not definitely take them into account." 

From Chicago comes confirmation 
of Fifth Avenue's policy in the state- 
ment of Mr. G. R. Schaeffer of Marshall 
Field & Co., who says: "Marshall Field 
& Co. in the bulk of its advertising makes 
its appeal to the women between the 
ages of eighteen and thirty." 

It was found that: 
55% of the buyers of dress goods are 

under thirty. 
53% of the buyers of "ready to wear" 

are under thirty. 
61% of the buyers of underwear are 

under thirty. 
65% of the buyers of hosiery are under 

thirty. 

43% of the buyers of furniture are 
under thirty. 



44% of the buyers of rugs are under 

thirty. 
45% of the buyers of draperies are 

under thirty. 
61% of the buyers of phonographs are 

under thirty. 
38% of the buyers of pianos are under 

thirty. 
74% of the buyers of wind instruments 
are under thirty. 

In the selection of hosiery, good taste, 
the inevitable partner of good sense, has 
worked miracles in changing the attitude 
of the younger woman, and the educa- 
tional work done by the leading hosiery 
dealers has helped set up new standards. 

Smart hosiery today is established as 
indispensable to the well-dressed woman's 
wardrobe. And why should not this be 
so of our own product — Whiting & 
Davis Mesh Bags? Surely they may be 
so established. 

Mr. Moscowitz, manufacturer of "Miss 
Manhattan Clothes," savs: "The secret 
of the rapidly increasing vogue of our 
styles has lain in the emphasis of our 
appeal to youth." 

As Mr. Edward S. Jordan, President 
of Jordan Motor Co., sums up: "Youth 
is in the saddle and must be sold first." 



Gertrude Snell, of the Spiral Depart- 
ment, has left us to so into "Chicken 



Farming." 



A Town license is necessary, and the 
Federal Government collects S10 a vear 
for each table in the Pool Room in the 
New Recreation Building. 



POSITIVE OR NEGATIVE? 

By 
J. C. Northrop of the Tool Department. 



Some people always see things in the 
negative. Others see only the positive 
side. The negative I call evil, and the 
positive I call good. 

Whether a thing is good or evil, pos- 
itive or negative, is determined by the 
use we make of it. 

In accepting the WALTER LIVING- 
STON RICE MEMORIAL Building, 
we should not take too limited a view of 
its potentiality. We should enter into 
the spirit of the thing and help to make 
it an instrument of nurturing a better 
spirit of fraternalism among the mem- 
bers. If it accomplished only this it 
would be a success. And it will undoubt- 
edly accomplish infinitely more. 

Do not allow your mind to be bound 
by the paralyzing suggestions which 
result from centering too much attention 
upon the sordid side of social life. Per- 
sons with minds so bound become cynics 
and pessimists, and can seldom if ever 
see beyond the present. And they see 
only the negative side of the present. 
They are apart from their fellows. They 
take no part in receiving a gift of value 
to them as well as others, because they 
cannot see its value for the reasons men- 
tioned above. 

"The greatest man," says Seneca, "is 
he who chooses riejht with invincible de- 
termination." The only way a man or 
woman can possibly choose right is to 
choose with his own mind, and that wide 
open, unhampered by any bias what- 
soever. 

The future is bright to the thinker 
who can make the proper choice between 
selfishness and service. I quote this little 
verse by Berton Bralev — 
"Back of the beating hammer. 

By which the steel is wrought. 

Back of the workshop's clamor. 

The seeker may find the Thought: 

The thought that is ever master 

Of iron and steam and steel. 

That rises above disaster 

And tramples it under heel." 



"Oh. Henry! don't bother me," is 
Ellen Peck's latest savins. 



Alice Clancv is going to clear the town 
of all the slush if she falls into any more 

puddles. 



Laurence Cook of the Canadian Branch 
was on here for the dedication of the 
Rice Memorial Building. 



Anna Greve's favorite sons is "Mr. 
Gallagher and Mr. Shean." Oh! how 
she does love Mr. Gallagher. 



WA D CO NEWS 





Residence of C. A. Whiting. President of Whiting * Davis Co. 

P'ranki.in, Mass. 



FACTS 



FALL IN LOVE WITH YOUR JOB 



HOSPITAL 



Mahogany trees do not reach their 
full height until they are 200 years old. 

In Mexico. there are certain localities 
where rain has never been known to fall. 

Scavengers were originally officials 
who collected scavage, a tax imposed in 
many English towns upon all goods ex- 
posed for sale within their boundaries. 
The tax was abolished by Henry VII. 

In Iceland men kiss when they meet, 
but a man rarely kisses a woman. 

The muscles of the human jaw exert 
a force of 534 pounds. 

It takes a gallon of milk to make a 
pound of cheese. 

Giraffes can see behind them without 
turning their heads. 

Radium is 170,000 times more valu- 
able than gold. 

Cleopatra's Needle weighs 186 tons. 

Telegrams were first sent under the 
sea by cable in 1850 between England 
and France. 

An eagle can live 28 days without 
food, while a condor is said to be able 
to fast for 40 days. 

The weight of the Great Pyramid of 
Egypt has been estimated at 6,000,000 
tons. 

Salt is a government monopoly in 
Italy. 



Miss L. M. Fuller of our Canadian 
Branch, who was called to Plainville 
on account of the illness of her father, 
has returned to her Canadian home. 



Bubble over with enthusiasm, earnest- 
ness and self-confidence. Every man 
enjoys doing business with the chap 
whose job looks good to him; who nev- 
er makes excuses for the work he is 
doing. The man in love with his job sees 
all the good things in it. The hours he 
spends at his work speed to quitting 
time so fast that eyes and ears cannot 
believe when the whistle blows, or the 
clock is seen. In love with your job, 
you'll look good, feel good. You'll be 
on fire with enthusiasm. You'll get a 
grip on success, because your mind will 
imagine the great things your job is cap- 
able of doing. 

You may not be handsome; you may 
not be an athlete — but big men will 
want your services; fine men will want 
to talk with you; successful men will 
want to be with you. Being in love with 
your job is merely applying common 
sense to your job. This is my job — I've 
got certain work to do; the better I do 
it, the better I like it. I must watch 
details; I must handle big things and 
little things with care — I MUST MAKE 
GOOD. 

Tackle your job in this spirit, and 
you'll find yourself falling in love with 
it. Then you'll magnetize conditions; 
you'll energize yourself; you'll draw the 
fulfillment of your ideal to yourself. 



Minetta Ford has been on the sick 
list the last two weeks suffering from 

the "flu." 



Influenza or La Grippe, is an epidemic 
disease which in many of its symptoms 
resembles an aggravated form of cold. 

Its characteristic signs are a general 
feeling of sickness: headache more or 
less violent, aching pains in the limbs, 
coated tongue, diziness on standing erect, 
and fever. In one form of influenza 
there is catarrh present, in other forms 
this symptom is absent. 

As the disease increases in severity the 
chest becomes tender and breathing dif- 
ficult, the heart may be slightly affected 
and more or less palpitation present. 
The complications and results that fol- 
low an attack which is not treated in a 
proper manner may range between re- 
curring attacks, pneumonia, heart fail- 
ure, and insanity. 

In treating this ailment remember to 
keep the bowels open, in order to elimin- 
ate the poisonous material that has accu- 
mulated therein. It is a good plan to 
help that elimination by drinking water 
freely. This along with the treatment 
prescribed by your physician should 
show verv good signs of improvement in 
a day or two. 

BERTH/V G. COTE, 
Industrial Nurse. 



Attention, Girls! 

Please take a few lessons in dancing, 
in order that leon M. may enjoy himself 
at our next dance. 



Sturgis can't go to Pinehurst, for we 
hear he lost his pocketbook. 



Zbc TOabco Mews 






LADIES ANTE-ROOM 



ROSTRUM 



MEN S ANTE-ROOM 






MUSIC SECTION 



MAIN RECREATION HALL 



SMOKING ROOM 






KITCHEN 



POOL AND BILLIARD ROOM 



RESTAURANT 



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Caught in the Mesh 



SOME HOT PLACES 



Man can stand a greater degree of 
heat than any other warm-blooded 

animal. The hot room of a Turkish 
bath, with its temperature of 180 de- 
crees, would kill a dog or a horse in a 
few minutes, but many human be- 
ings can stand it for quite long peri- 
ods, and even enjoy it. 

The record in this respect is the 
case of the Spaniard who, on June 
26th, 1826, spent five minutes in an 
oven heated to 290 degrees Fahren- 
heit. When he came out his pulse 
was beating 200 times to the minute, 
but he was none the worse for his ex- 
perience. 

To get some idea of what 290 de- 
grees means, please remember that 
water boils at 212 degrees. 

We'll say that Graham S. is some 
kicker. Ask the girls, they know. 
The Hottest Jobs 

A temperature of ninety degrees in 
the shade makes most people listless 
and almost unable to move, yet there 
are many men w T ho work regularly in 
heat far greater than this. The tem- 
perature in the stokehold of a steam- 
er in the tropics is often over a hun- 
dred degrees, while men who tend 
blast furnaces are exposed to even 
greater heat. 

But the hardest lot is that of the 
men who work in certain deep mines. 
Usually the temperaature rises one 
degree for every sixty feet of depth, 
but there are exceptional cases where 
it rises much more rapidly. In the 
famous Comstock silver mines in Ne- 
vada the temperature at the 2700-foot 
level is 126 degrees. Yet men, with 
the aid of ice-water, work there reg- 
ularly. In another shaft the tem- 
perature rises to 170 degrees, and 
here men can only work for ten or 
fifteen minutes at a shift. 

The highest sun temperature ever 
recorded was at Muscat, on the Per- 
sian Gulf, where the black bulb solar 
thermometer has registered 187 de- 
grees. 



Helen Jedlikski went into a swell con- 
fectionery store in the city one night 
and asked for cream doughnuts and 
demi-tasse. Surprise was registered on 
her face when a sun burnt prietzel and 
black coffee was brought. The young 
lady knows the place, rest assured. 




WHERE COLORS COME FROM 



J. Horace Cheever 
Chairman of House Hii.es Committee 

The hairdressers were in great de- 
mand, and a thriving business was done 
among the girls attending the Relief 
Association's annual meeting, Thursdav 
evening, March 8th. 



Frank Martin of the Repair Depart- 
ment has a new job as floor walker, 
mostly nights. According to Frank, an 
apron of waterproof material is a ne- 
cessity. 



How Celina Morrison's eves sparkle 
when Henry's name is mentioned. 




We get Blue From Horses' Hoofs. 

Every boy who has a box of paints 
wants as many colors in it as possible 
— ultra-marine, Chinese white, ver- 
milion, crimson lake, and so on. 

Have you ever wondered wdiere all 
these different colors come from? 
Both sea and land — animals, fish, 
vegetables, and minerals — contribute 
their share of pigments, as the foun- 
dation of the colors is called. 

The tiny cochineal insects provide 
varying shades, from deepest crim- 
son to the palest pink. Turkey red is 
obtained from the madder plant which 
grows in India. 

Yellow gamboge is another vege- 
table product, being prepared from 
the sap of a tree growing in America 
and the East Indies. Tlr's sap has a 
bright yellow color, and is rather 
sticky. 

Cuttle-Fish Camouflage 

Real Indian ink, strangely enough, 
is prepared from a recipe of whi^h 
the Chinese possess the secret ; its 
chief constituent is supposed to be 
burnt camphor. Chinese white has 
nothing to do with China, being a 
preparation of zinc. 

The blacks comprise ivory-bla°k 
and bone-black, both made from chips 
of ivory. 

Sepia has an interesting deriva- 
tion. It is the fluid ejected by the 
cuttle-fish when it wishes to conceal 
itself from its enemies. As the fluid 
spreads in the the water, it serves the 
same purpose as the smoke clouds 
with which Zeppelins surrounded 
themselves during the war. 

From minerals v e get vermilion and 
scarlet. Cinnabar, the ore from 
which quicksilver (or mercury) is 
drawn, also provides vermilion ; while 
a lovely shade of scarlet is given by 
iodide of mercury. 

Beautiful greens can be obtained 
from copper. 



Louise McKeon is on the s ; ck lis!, hav- 
ing undergone a serious operation, but 
is now reported progressing favorably. 



Mrs. Kiehn attended the turke) sup- 
per and whist given by the Progressive 
Society last week. 



A boy with a new sled isn't alarmed 
at the prospect of a hard winter. 



No. XI 35 

Sterling and Gold Plate Hah 

in Colors 



Humor whispers Harry Batchelder 
attended the relief dance "Strong" with 
hair in a braid. How about it. Harry? 

Elinor Landry now answers to 
Auntie. 



WADCO NEWS 



Letter from Canada 

Editor Wadco News: 

Dear Sir: — During the last year, on 
account of new lines such as the "Sun- 
set" Bags and Rosary Cases, etc., we 
have found it necessary to install new 
apparatus and machinery which may be 
of interest to you. These consist of a 
stamping machine to mark the trade 
mark on frames; a joining machine; 1/8 
H.-P motor; 3 H.-P. motor; blower for 
mesh machines; new plating tank; have 
also purchased a new safe, which has 
been placed in the shop, and also a new 
grinder for use in the Mesh Department. 

It may be of interest to your readers 
to know the quantities of some of the 
various materials that we have used dur- 
ing the year. They are as follows: 

Ammonia, 630 pounds. 

Cyanide, 274 pounds. 

Chain, 12,281 yards. 

Polishing and Cleaning Compounds, 
686 pounds. 

Solder Filled Wire, 3,560 oz. 

Wire not s. filled, 1,889 pounds. 

Lacquer and Thinner, 31 gallons. 

Sulphuric, Nitric and Muriatic Acids, 
13.067 pounds. 

Silver, 1,118 oz. 

Gold, 3,035 dwt. 

Soap, 420 pounds. 

Containers as boxes, bags, barrels, 
etc., 10,508 pieces. 

Yours verv truly, 

L.' W. COOK, 
Canadian Branch. 




A MAN'S PRAYER 



Faith is the very pith and marrow of 
achievement. No faith, no achievement, 
all absorbing faith, great achievement. 
Show me a great achievement and I will 
show you a man of great faith, faith in 
himself, in his ability to achieve his aim. 



Showing One of the Egyptian Fringe 
Bags 

No. 6880 

The Ring of TutAnkhAmen 

The Metropolitan Museum of Art at 
New York has among its many interest- 
ing Egyptian objects the "Cartouche" 
ring of Tut-Ankh-Amen, 1358, B. C." 
This ring, which is of pure gold and 
weighs 72.3 grams, equal to ten five- 
dollar gold pieces, is of a shape similar 
to the modern signet ring and of the 
finest workmanship. 

It has carved upon its outer upper sur- 
face the cartouche of Tut-Ankh-Amen, 
signifying, "Good Lord, Giver of Life, 
Creator of All Things." 

The ring was used in official business 
and was generally placed upon the 
thumb when used in making impres- 
sions. These rings were given repre- 
sentative lords under the Pharaoh 
throughout Egypt as symbols of his 
authority. 



Sayings from the Repair Dept. 

Harry B: "Cheer up, Jennie, there is 
lots others not half as bad as you still 
in jail. 

Louise Q.: "Look at me, Frank. I'm 
laughing at ya!" 

Madaline D.: "Harry, got your oyster 
stew eaten up yet?" 

Frank M.: "Hazel, how's your Sweet- 
pertooty?" 

Ever C: "Why should I cry over 
you?" 

Bertha S.: "I don't go with fellows 
that kiss." 

Laura J.: "Seen my diamond?" 

Jennie P.: "Hazel, what time is it?" 

Mr. Heintz.: "Florida's the only 
place." 




"Teach me that 60 minutes make an- 
hour, 16 ounces one pound, and 100 
cents one dollar. Help me so to live 
that I can lie down at night with a clear 
conscience, without a gun under my 
pillow and unhaunted by the face of 
those to whom I have brought pain. 
Grant that I may earn my meal ticket 
on the square, and that in earning it I 
may do unto others as I would have 
them do unto me. Deafen me to the 
jingle of tainted money and to the rus- 
tle of unholy skirts. Blind me to the 
faults of the other fellow, but reveal 
to me my own. Guide me so that 
each night when I look across the din- 
ner table at my wife, who has been a 
blessing to me, I will have nothing to 
conceal. Keep me young enough to 
laugh with little children and sympa- 
thetic enough to be considerate of old 
age. And when comes the day of 
darkened shades and the smell of flow- 
ers, the tread of soft footsteps and the 
crunching of wheels in the yard — make 
the ceremony short and the epitaph 
simple — Here lies a man." 



Kipling Revised. 

(1) 
A fool there was and he wouldn't wear, 

Even as you and I, 
His overcoat when the day was fair. 

Oh! colds were nothing, he'd declare, 
Even as vou and I. 

(2) 
A fool there was and he caught the flu, 

Even as you and I, 
And every breath he sneezed ker-choo; 

They fed him on hot gruel stew, 
Even as you and I. 

(3) 
A fool there was but they made him 
weep, 
Even as you and I; 
And since they dragged him back from 
— well, 
He wears his coat with a yell, 
Even as vou and I. 



j& A Voice j& 

Never mind opposition, never mind 
criticism, never mind if others call you 
a fool or a crank. They called the Christ 
the same. Be true to the mysterious mes- 
sage within, the divine voice which bids 
you up and on. 



It is the man who sings at his work, 
the one who is bubbling over with glad- 
ness with a sense of abounding vitality, 
that is a normal, healthful, successful 
man. 



Lack of faith is the supreme cause of 
failure. 



Oliver ano jkannette Gagnon 

Agkd 6" and 3 Ykaiis Respectively 

Ohildken of .1. (). Gagnon of 

Die Cutting Df.i't. 



Writing to his relatives seldom cuts 
into a man's evenings a great deal. 



10 



WADCO NEWS 



House Rules of The Whiting Club. 



1. The Club House shall be open for 
use of its members as follows: 

Week days, (except Saturdays and 
Holidays I 
11:30 A. M. to 1:30 P. M. 
5:00 P. M. to 10:30 P. M. 

(Saturdays) 
11:00 A. M. to 11:00 P. M. 

(Sundays) 
2:00 P. M. to 10:00 P.M. 
Hours for holidays will be posted one 
week in advance. Special engagements, 
special closing hours for entertainments, 
etc., may be granted by the House Com- 
mittee. 

2. Any member wilfully marking or 
damaging the furniture or anv part of 
the Club House in any way, will be held 
responsible. 

3. Newspapers, magazines and 
books, etc., belonging to the Club shall 
not be removed from the Club House, 
nor shall they be cut, marked, or other- 
\\ ise injured. 

4. All requests and complaints shall 
be made in writing, signed, addressed to 
the House Committee, and deposited in 
the box provided for that purpose. 

5. There shall be no card playing 
from 12 P. M. Saturday night until 
11:30 A. M. Monday. No betting on 
card playing for stakes shall be allowed. 
No gambling, or liquor of any kind shall 
be allowed in the Club House. 

6. No notices of any kind shall be 
placed in any part of the Club Ho'se 
except on the bulletin boards provided 
for that purpose. No notices shall be 
placed on any bulletin board except bv 
an officer of the Club or a member of the 
House Committee. Members desiring to 
have notices posted shall send them to 
the Secretary. 

7. Visitors shall not be present at 
anv meeting of the Club unless they are 
officially invited by the Board of Gov- 
ernors. 

8. Any amendment to these rules or 
any new rules may be made bv the 
House Rules Committee subject to the 
approval of the Board of Governors. 

9. No card playing or dancing will 
be allowed on Sunday. 

10. The pool room will be closed all 
day Sunday. 

11. Funds shall not be solicited for 
the Club or any of its activities unless 
authorized by the Board of Governors. 

Watch bulletin board for all notices, 
changes in Rules, etc. 

HOUSE RULES COMMITTEE. 
J. Horace Cheever, 

Chairman. 




Restaurant Overwhelmed With 
Business. 



Frank Brown 
Prksident of the Board of Governors 

of THE 

Walter Livingston Rice Memorial 
Building 



Communication 



To the Editor of the Wadco: 

Dear Sir: I feel that I should like to 
say through your paper just what the 
new Club House means to Plainville. 
I mean the Plainville outside of the 
Whiting & Davis factory. In the first 
place, where we had a swamp hole and 
public dump, you now have a handsome 
new Club House, and, a little later on, 
when the grounds have been cleared and 
planted to lawn and shrubbery, and a 
sidewalk has been laid around the build- 
ing, you will have transformed an un- 
sightly dump into one of the finest look- 
ing pieces of property in town. 

Next comes the social side. The Club 
is for the use of the employees, but as 
many of the employees live in Plainville. 
and as they may invite their families and 
friends, in this way. many of the town's 
people will have an opportunity to 
enjoy the hospitality of vour Club. 

And. last but not least, is the spirit 
in which it was built: The community 
spirit and the spirit of co-operation. 
built by an employer for the benefit and 
pleasure of his employees, a spirit that 
is new to the jewelry industry and a 
spirit to be highly commended in any 
industry. 

And I now wish to take this oppor- 
tunity in behalf of the people of Plain- 
ville to extend to the Whiting Club their 
best wishes. 



Tuesday, March 6th, will long be 
remembered by restaurant employees as 
the dav "they came in waves," due to 
the snow storm this day. 

One hundred and eighty-five dinners 
yvere served yvith the customary dispatch 
during the noon hour, which kept the 
girls extremely busy, to say the least. 
No better appreciation of the restaurant 
could be shown than its patronage. 
COMPARE THIS WITH AN AVERAGE 
OF EIGHTY-FIVE IN THE OLD 
QUARTERS. 

The restaurant will be kept open 
temporarily until 7 P. M. daily for the 
accommodation of employes. If the 
patronage warrants, it will be done 
permanently. 



Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 
General Laws, Chapter 140. Section 179. 

Section 179: The keeper of a billiard, 
pool or sippio room or table, bowling 
alley, or place in which pictures are dis- 
played upon the deposit of money in a 
coin controlled apparatus, who admits a 
minor thereto without the written con- 
sent of his parent or guardian, shall for- 
feit ten dollars for the first and twenty 
dollars for each subsequent offence. 
Notice. 

Minors will please note above and 
turn in to Pres. Frank Brown the written 
permits of their parents or guardian be- 
fore seeking admittance to pool room. 



Members of the House Comnrttee — 
Rice Memorial Bu'lding. 

Lee R. Higgins. Chairman 
Frank Gaddes Sadie Grindell 

Horace Cheever Harold Peaslev 
Erwin Sylvia Edward Osterholm 

It will be the duty of this committee 
to see that club rules are not violated. 



While in Boston one day last week 
one of our employees noted the charm- 
ing effect obtained by a window display 
of the R. H. White Co.. in showing well- 
gowned figures carrying \^ hiting & Davis 
"Sunset Mesh Bags" in the popular 
three-toned effects. It was remarked how 
well they harmonized with the beautiful 
costumes shown. The effect produced 
bespoke the co-operation of the jewelry 
and costume departments and should l>e 
of much benefit to them in the promo- 
tion of sales relationship. 



(Signed) E. W. PINK, r , , 

Lach year chaperones become less nu- 

Chairman Board of Selectmen, merous and more unpopular. 



WADCO NEWS 



11 



W. & D. Relief Ass n Holds Annual Meeting 



The adjourned annual meeting of the 
Whiting and Davis Mutual Relief Asso- 
ciation was held in the Whiting Club 
rooms, March 8, 1923, at 7:45 P. M. At 
the call of the meeting by Pres. Willis 
M. Fuller there proved to be 60 mem- 
bers present, although later the hall was 
well filled, an estimate being 350 people. 

The President called for the reading 
of the minutes of the previous meeting, 
which were read and approved. The 
President next called for the treasurer's 
report; read and spread upon the 
records. The report of the treasurer was 
as follows: 

Balance on hand January 1, 1922: 

Cash $65 00 

Mfg. Bank _ 646 53 

Attleboro Savings 1,010 60 

Plainville Loan 499 15 

Liberty Bonds 500 00 



$2,721 28 



Receipts 
Dues and admission 

—Fees $2,278 50 

Whiting and Davis 

Company 520 00 

Interest 79 65 



-$2,878 15 
$5,599 43 



Disbursements 

Benefits paid $2,021 14 

Expenses 255 15 



-$2,276 29 



$3,323 14 
Net Worth, December 31, 1922. 
Net Worth represented by: 

Cash on hand $10 00 

Liberty Bonds 500 00 

Mfg. Nat'l Bank 761 44 

Attleboro Savings Bank 1,309 45 

Plainville Savings Ass'n 742 25 



$3,323 14 

The President next gave a brief report 
of the experiences of the Association 
during the year. He then invited Mr. 
Whiting to talk to the members of the 
Association. Mr. Whiting congratulated 
them upon the good financial condition, 
and advised the Association that they 
should strive to have a net worth of 
$5,000.00 instead of the present amount, 
$3,323.14. He also stated that in his 
opinion the Association should have 
more social times, and probably a fair 
once a year. He again expressed his 
desire that every employee of the Whit- 
ing & Davis and Whiting Chain Com- 
panies become a member. He stated that 
he was disappointed that there were not 
more members present. 



The President then called Mr. Frank 
Brown, president of the nominating com- 
mittee, to make his report. The report 
of the nominating committee was as fol- 
lows: 

OFFICERS OF RELIEF 

President Frank Gaddes 

V. President Thomas Rammell 

Sec. and Treas Byron Gardiner 

Board of Directors. 

Whiting Chain Co Miss T. Henrich 

Polishing Room Frank O'Donnell 

Coloring Room Charles Quirk 

Bench Frank Brown 

Tool Room Erwin Sylvia 

Mesh Room. S. Kenyon 

Stamp and Press .T. Brierley 

Office Harvey Lamphier 

Packing Room „ „ Mrs. Hooper 

Wire Dept J ohn Brant 

Assembly Room™ Helen Roessler 

Gold Mesh Dept Andrea Guilbert 

Unsoldered Mesh Mabel Casey 

Soldered Spiral - Minia Simpson 

Repair Dept.. Anna Reynolds 

Hospital » Bertha Cote 

Gold Dept. A .....Fred Blachford 

Soldered Mesh ~ Clara Guild 

Upon presentation of a ballot bearing 
the above named nominees, they were 
declared re-elected as officers for the 
ensuing year. 

Upon motion made and seconded it 
was voted that the President appoint a 
committee to purchase or give some 
amount as a memento to the Whiting 
Club as a token of their sincerity and 
the good wishes of the association 
toward the Club. The President ap- 
pointed Mr. Brown, Mr. Rice and Mr. 
Gardiner as a committee. 

A motion was made and unanimously 
voted that a vote of thanks be expressed 
for the faithful services rendered by the 
President, Mr. Fuller, and Treasurer, 
Mr. Gardiner. 

The business meeting adjourned at 
8:10 P. M., after which a concert was 
presented bv Scott's Orchestra. The con- 
cert was followed by dancing and whist. 
During the evening a collation was 
served down stairs in the dining room, 
and was enjoyed by every one present. 



Ed Pink was re-elected chairman of the 
Board of Selectmen, Ed Osterholm 
elected treasurer, Joseph Sharp re- 
elected assessor, and Percy Rhodes con- 
stable in the recent election held for 
town officers. 



Repair Department Employee Takes 

Own Life — Leaves Wife and 

Two Children. 

Edmond Corrigan, employed as col- 
orer in the Repair Department for the 
year past, took his own life at his home 
Sunday evening, March 4th. The young 
man, it was said, acted in a strange 
manner during the whole of the week 
previous at his work in the Repair De- 
partment. He seemed at times to be in 
a dazed condition. His death came as a 
shock to his many friends both in the 
factory and the outside world. A sum of 
money was subscribed by employees to 
help tide over the sad event. 



Edmond Corrigan. 

In sadness we ponder how quickly fleets 
the hour 
Of human strength and action, man's 
courage and his power. 
A shopmate has departed, we miss him 
one and alL 
A vacant space we now endure within 
the factory walls. 
His pleasing ways will ne'er be forgotten 
among his friends so dear, 
Although he's journeyed far away, in 
our memory he lingers here. 



**§;5 Income Tax Work es**- 

Edward Osterholm, Edward Manches- 
ter, and Harold Peasly have been busily 
engaged for the last three weeks in mak- 
ing out income tax reports, both Federal 
and State. This work has been done 
after factory hours for the benefit of 
Whiting & Davis employees. It is most 
tedious work and the thanks of all con- 
cerned are well merited. Most all realize 
that the work is not a requirement of 
the concern, it being only a matter of 
courtesy. 



What's in a Blush? 

A scientist gives the following defini- 
tion of a blush: — 

A temporary erythema and calorific 
effulgence of the phvsiognomv, apolo- 
gized by the porceptiveness of the sen- 
sorium when in a predicament of un- 
equilibrity from a sense of shame, anger 
or other cause, ventuating a paresis of 
the vasometer filaments of the facial 
capillaries, whereby, being divested of 
their elasticity, they are suffused with a 
radiance effeminating from an intimi- 
dated precordia. 



The man worrying today over yes- 
terday won't accomplish much tomor- 
row. 



A new method of dyeing timber has 
been discovered by a Dresden engineer. 
He "vaccinates" the living tree with one- 
tenth of a pound of aniline colors dis- 
solved in 200 pints of water. This is 
sufficient to color the timber throughout: 



12 



WADCO NEWS 



AS SEEN BY 'SYLVIA", WADCO CARTOONIST 




May Bell, Rhea Larock, Grace Moore, 
Hazel Roberts, Nancy Bell, and Lillian 
Frost dressed in knickers, hiked over 
country roads to Foxboro, Wrentham, 
and home last Saturday afternoon. Yes, 
they Kodaked as they went. We 
awaiting the pictures, girls. 



are 



Lena is just dying to go home and see 
Jo-Jo. Now we wonder who he is. 



Scenes at the Dedication 

CAUGHT IM THE MESH 

Woonsocket Branch. 
The Woonsocket girls wish to thank 
the Whiting & Davis Co. for the very 
enjoyable evening spent at the opening 
exercises of the new Recreation Build- 
ing. They think the building is a very 
fine one. Some of the girls were ill at 
the time and regret they were unable to 
attend the exercises. 



Spring is coming, by the way romance 
is budding in the Bench and Soldering 
Department. 



Diana of the Unsoldered Mesh has a 
new one for us. She says "My Husband" 
calls me "his daughter" since having my 
hair bobbed. 



Have you noticed the 
comes to Blanche Alix's 
Henry passes by? 



smile 
face 



which 
when 



We are glad to have Octavia Chap- 
delaine with us again after her long 
visit in Canada. 



Comes Alice Lanteigne wishing for 
Leap Year. Oh you Leon. Valentino. 



Why does Doris Martin look so sad at 
times? The little bird says she is think- 
ing of Walter, of course. 



Emma Desplaines has returned to 
work after a long illness. 



Columbus said in his log book, "This 
day we sailed west because it was our 



course. 



Mrs. Hoyt went to see "A Perfect 
Fool" in Boston recently. 



Let us "rejoice and be glad"; that's 



tke game.